A Woman's Business (1920)

Drama | 1 June 1920

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Nothing a Year . Some scenes were shot in New York City. ...

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The working title of this film was Nothing a Year . Some scenes were shot in New York City.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
19 Jun 20
p. 288.
MPN
22 May 20
p. 4355.
MPN
3 Jul 20
p. 235.
MPN
2 Oct 20
p. 2558.
MPN
7 Aug 20
p. 1243.
MPW
12 Jun 20
p. 288.
New York Morning Telegraph
25 Jul 1920.
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Variety
30 Jul 20
p. 34.
Wid's
1 Aug 20
p. 19.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Nothing a Year by Charles Belmont Davis (New York, 1915).
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Nothing a Year
Release Date:
1 June 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,994
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Barbara, weary of her dull life in a small Southern town, marries Johnny Lester, social secretary to the wealthy Mr. Ellis, in the belief that he will provide her with social standing and wealth. Her plan backfires, however, when Ellis fires Johnny. Johnny is unsuccessfully seeking employment in New York when Ellis makes overtures to Barbara, who accepts his attentions, finally leading to a divorce from her husband. Concluding that the only way to make money is to earn it, Barbara obtains financial backing from Brookes, a wealthy friend, to open a millinery establishment. The store is prospering when Brookes appears and demands payment in flesh. Barbara, in a rage, spurns him, wrecks the store, and returns to Johnny who, satisfied that she has learned her lesson, forgives ...

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Barbara, weary of her dull life in a small Southern town, marries Johnny Lester, social secretary to the wealthy Mr. Ellis, in the belief that he will provide her with social standing and wealth. Her plan backfires, however, when Ellis fires Johnny. Johnny is unsuccessfully seeking employment in New York when Ellis makes overtures to Barbara, who accepts his attentions, finally leading to a divorce from her husband. Concluding that the only way to make money is to earn it, Barbara obtains financial backing from Brookes, a wealthy friend, to open a millinery establishment. The store is prospering when Brookes appears and demands payment in flesh. Barbara, in a rage, spurns him, wrecks the store, and returns to Johnny who, satisfied that she has learned her lesson, forgives her.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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